Mosa Tsay

Mosa Tsay is a contemporary-minded cellist and concert experience designer. A recipient of the 2019-20 Fulbright Award and Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, Mosa is currently based in Paris.

In Paris, Mosa will study with Anssi Karttunen, focusing on works by Kaija Saariaho, Betsy Jolas, and Pascal Dusapin. Mosa performs with Wavefield Ensemble in New York City, and has been a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for the premiere of multimedia opera “Echo Drift” at PROTOTYPE Festival and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s album, AEQUA. She has collaborated with more than 30 composers in her work with AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Eco Ensemble. Mosa is an alumna of Doublestop Foundation and performed as an ambassador of the foundation after winning its Instrument Loan Competition in 2014. She was featured as a soloist (Schelomo and Schumann Cello Concerto) with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, as winner of its Concerto Competition. Performance highlights include a Juilliard tour to Stockholm and Helsinki with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Carnegie Hall with Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, and performances with Joseph Silverstein and Danish String Quartet. Mosa has performed in masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, Frans Helmerson, Tamás Varga (Vienna Philharmonic), Gary Hoffman, and Paul Katz.

Photo: Clement Lam

Photo: Clement Lam

Masterclass with Yo-Yo Ma in Berkeley. Photo: David Bellard

Masterclass with Yo-Yo Ma in Berkeley. Photo: David Bellard

As former Artistic Director of Celli@Berkeley and a San Francisco-based collective of cellists, Mosa commissioned and premiered new works for celli and electronics in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she co-produced Celli@Berkeley’s debut CD album in collaboration with composer Jared Redmond and Grammy-winning Barry Phillips. 

Mosa recently received her Master of Music from The Juilliard School. She holds bachelor's degrees in Music and in Society and Environment from UC Berkeley. While studying environmental science, she discovered an interest in urban planning and mitigation of noise pollution. Her music honors thesis explored “Silence: In Performance and Within the Performer,” an analysis of the role of silence in music by J.S. Bach, Hans Werner Henze and John Cage.

Born to Taiwanese parents, she began her cello studies at age seven in San Diego. Her past teachers include Joel Krosnick, Jonathan Koh, and Catherine Godden.

Photo: Erin Pearlman

Photo: Erin Pearlman

Presenting music outside of traditional performance spaces.

Photo: Laura Andrade

Photo: Laura Andrade

Mosa is a musician ambassador (and former San Francisco Regional Community Manager) for Groupmuse. She presented 2 sold-out Massivemuses for Groupmuse at a chocolate factory in Brooklyn and a co-working space in San Francisco.

Mosa has performed 100+ groupmuses in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.

The most prolific groupmuser in our history. And she’s now, officially, a coast-to-coast Massivemuse impresario.
— Groupmuse

Mosa produced concerts for Celli@Berkeley, a 12-piece cello ensemble, at the Berkeley Art Museum. In 2016, she launched Celloscape, a collective of 14 cellists and composers dedicated to premiering new works for the cello. The debut concert, held at Bruce Beasley's Sculpture Studio in Oakland, was sponsored by Mrs. Laurence Beasley, Jennifer Howard, Marco Rozzano, and Linda Barnett.

Other Projects.

Mosa is co-founder and U.S. Executive Director of Versoi Ensemble, a collaboration between Finnish and American musicians from the joint orchestra tour of Juilliard and Sibelius Academy students. Versoi Ensemble debuted at the United Nations, Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall in New York and Holley Hall in Sarasota, Florida in November 2018.

As an arts administrator, she has contributed to Marlboro Music Festival, American Composers Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Mosa serves as a fundraising consultant for emerging artists and new projects.



Upcoming Performances.

October 18 + 19, 2019 — Bard Music West: The World of Grażyna Bacewicz (San Francisco, CA)

November 16, 2019 — Wavefield Ensemble: The Story of One of My Follies (NYC)

January 23, 2020 — Wavefield Ensemble: North Carolina New Music Initiative (Greenville, NC)


Contact: Collaborate?

All project proposals are welcome. (E.g., space, light, color, electronics, succulents, silence, sculpture, linen, sound installations, improvisation, contact mics)

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